Los Angeles Dodgers ace Trevor Bauer has hurled a bean ball at the woman who accused him of sexual assault and her lawyer.
The former Cy Young Award winner filed his latest lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Southern Division against his accuser and her lawyer, Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah, alleging defamation and tortious interference.
Bauer, 31, previously filed defamation suits against Deadspin, The Athletic, and former Athletic writer Molly Knight in connection to the scandal that rocked baseball last summer.
The lawsuit states: “(The accuser) fabricated allegations of sexual assault against plaintiff Trevor Bauer, pursued bogus criminal and civil actions against him, made false and malicious statements about him, and generated a media blitz based on her lies.
“(The accuser’s) motives for making her false claims and statements are now clear. She wanted to destroy Mr. Bauer’s reputation and baseball career, garner attention for herself and extract millions of dollars from Mr. Bauer. (The accuser) was aided in those efforts by her attorney, defendant Niranjan Fred Thiagarajah.
“Although a Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected (the accuser’s) false allegations and the district attorney for Los Angeles County found them unworthy of criminal charges, the damage to Mr. Bauer has been extreme.”
In February, Los Angeles prosecutors declined to press charges and the woman’s request for a restraining order was torpedoed by a judge last year.
CLAIMED IT WAS CONSENSUAL
Bauer — who remains suspended by MLB on a week-to-week basis — was accused of choking and punching the woman during two sexual encounters. He claimed the rough sex was consensual.
His lawyer brandished text messages from the accuser “involving requests to be ‘choked out’ and slapped in the face” and that “the woman spent the night, and left without incident, continuing to message Mr. Bauer with friendly and flirtatious banter.”
The lawsuit adds: “After their first sexual encounter, (the accuser) continued to pursue Mr. Bauer so she could have rough sex with him again, but this time, she told Mr. Bauer she wanted a rougher sexual experience.
“Unbeknownst to Mr. Bauer, who believed (the accuser) was just expressing her sexual preferences, (the accuser’s) goal was to lure Mr. Bauer into having a rougher sexual experience so she could later claim this sexual experience was not what she requested and thereby lay the groundwork for a financial settlement.
“To implement her plan, (the accuser) unequivocally told Mr. Bauer that she was interested in engaging in even rougher sex on a second occasion, communicating in explicit detail the sexual experience she desired. During their second sexual encounter, the two again engaged in consensual rough sex that involved the rough sexual acts that (the accuser) requested.”
The woman — who is from San Diego — later filed a police report claiming the hurler “sexually assaulted” her during their second encounter and her lawyer released photos to the media.
Bauer has denied choking the woman without her consent and claims he never punched her and did not scratch her.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the woman did not preserve electronic communications and “deliberately deleted scores of text messages, videos and photographs from her phone, including text messages with her two closest confidants immediately following her second sexual encounter with Mr. Bauer.”